ways of minimising waste in a business environment?

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gsenviro eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Reduction in the waste generated by a business not only helps the environment, but also reduces the cost of supplies and waste disposal. Here are some of the ways a business can minimize the waste:

  • Use both sides of the paper: try 2-sided photocopies or printing. You can also use the blank side of a used document as scratch paper or for in-house memos.
  • Use electronic documents: Instead of printed memos, salary slips and other documents, use emails and electronic documents. Encourage your employees to print only when it is needed.
  • Reduce the amount of junk-mail your business receives by opting out of it.
  • If you order merchandise, ask the supplier for minimal packaging. Also reuse the packing material.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Instead of buying new printer cartridges, get them refilled.
  • Use cloth towels in the washroom and pantry/kitchen.
  • Avoid using disposable plates, glasses, spoons in the office.